Discover Germany | Issue 28 | July 2015

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Top left: Monte Rosa Hut, Zermatt in collaboration with ETH-Studio Monte Rosa Opposite, top right: Winery Gantenbein, Fläsch in collaboration with Gramazio & Kohler Architekten, Zürich Below: Federal Criminal Court, Bellinzona in collaboration with Durisch + Nolli Architetti, Massagno Portrait: Valentin Bearth, Andrea Deplazes, Daniel Ladner

Bearth & Deplazes Architekten

‘Amurs’ - loving landscapes Cultural landscapes, materials, natural light and social conditions provide an essential starting point for new design and structures. Together, they make up the context that is so important for architecture. Bearth & Deplazes Architekten draw inspiration from these cultural contexts and their design responses always show the relationship to the cultural origins of place. TEXT: ELISABETH DOEHNE | PHOTOS: RALPH FEINER, TONATIUH AMBROSETTI

In other words, the Swiss architects closely observe the surroundings in which their buildings will eventually exist. ”For us, architecture, whether we’re planning or building public, private, small or large projects, always begins with that magical momentum, something that cannot be measured in square meters or money,” explains the Swiss architects. The three partners Valentin Bearth, Andrea Deplazes, and Daniel Ladner head a team of 15 employees. Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Chur and Zurich, the Swiss firm has extensive experience across a broad range of building types and sizes: cultural facilities, government build-

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ings, corporate headquarters and private residences. Cultural landscapes - Amurs Their recent publication ‘Amurs’ (the Romansh word for ‘loves’) includes a selection of 19 structures and projects. The architects personally selected these ‘Amurs’ and the book shows their subjective viewpoints, preferences and experiences with theses buildings. All projects are characterised and inspired by very different contexts, environments and each tell a different story. In Europe, the New Monte Rosa Hut in Zermatt has become a well-known exam-